Academic Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students


Preamble

These academic policies and procedures apply to all undergraduate students enrolled in or seeking admission to credit courses and are published for students, faculty, and staff, all of whom are held responsible for reading and adhering to these policies and procedures.

The policies are developed by the University Faculty Senate to uphold the educational standards of the University for all students. At times, justifiable exceptions should be made for the good of the individual and/or the University. The following principles govern the adjudication of waivers or the granting of exceptions.

  1. Unless otherwise specified, the dean of the college in which a candidate is enrolled may make exceptions to requirements for graduation, subject to the review of the faculty organization of the college. The dean of faculty at Penn State Capital College or Penn State Erie, The Behrend College may make exceptions to requirements for graduation for candidates enrolled in majors for which degrees are granted at these locations, subject to the review of the faculty organization of the campus. The entire policy is given in Section 82-60.

  2. Unless otherwise specified in the policy, a petition for a waiver of a policy must be submitted by the student to the appropriate University Faculty Senate Committee through the Senate Office. The petition must be accompanied by a recommendation from the dean of the college in which the candidate is enrolled, or the director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies, or nondegree regular students should file with a representative of the Registrar's Office and nondegree conditional students should file with the college in which they wish to be re-enrolled. The Senate committee shall report its decision to the petitioner and the dean of the college or the director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies as appropriate. The deans of faculty at Penn State Capital College and Penn State Erie, The Behrend College are considered to be the appropriate officers for these locations.

Interpretation and revision of the policies are reserved to the University Faculty Senate. The procedures may be modified by the Administrative Council on Undergraduate Education.

Any transaction that requires the filing of a form, or submission of any written document, cannot be acted upon by the appropriate office until received in proper form by the established deadline date. If a student involves a third party, such as an adviser, the date of this involvement is inconsequential and does not alter the fact that the deadline with the proper office must be met.